Friday, January 28, 2011

New yarn review and Giveaway!

Today I would like to talk about a Unique Imported yarn I received from Giovanna Imperia Designs.  I have been sample knitting for the company and I can’t even describe the amazing yarns they carry, that are imported from Italy and Asia.
Today I want to tell you about Couio yarn.
It is a manmade fiber, 60% Polyurethane, 40% Nylon, which comes in 70 yard skeins for the very reasonable price of $8 a skein.  this yarn is a little stiff to work with BUT once you wash and block your piece, it will feel just like suede or leather.
The sample I did for them in this yarn is this men’s tie:
But I think a purse or belt out of this yarn would be amazing!  Also if you are a weaver think of the incredible fabric this yarn would make!
Please Visit Giovanna’s site and see for your self!
Now for what you are waiting for!  The Giveaway!  Giovanna Imperia was very kind and sent an extra skein for me to giveaway to you!  So you ask “How do I win?”
Well go to her site and then come back here and leave a comment telling me the yarn you are most interested in on her site.  Leave me your contact info and I will pick a winner by random number generator on Monday, January 31st at 8 pm, central time.  I will post the winners name at that time.  Also due to postage costs this is only open to people in the USA. 
Good luck!!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

We have a YouTube channel now

Yes I am jumping in and trying my hand at vloging!  Please join us on YouTube our page and make sure you  subscribe, thumbs up , and favorite the video.  I will be doing reviews of products as well as doing videos showing the techniques used in our patterns.  I hope you enjoy the videos!

Announcing the Breaking Dawn Chunky Heels Hood!

Breaking Dawn Chunky Heels Hood
Is here!

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This is a quick and easy cabled Hood that takes 1 skeins or 128 yards of chunky yarn, it will be a lovely addition to your winter outfits and will keep you warm and snugly. The neck band is knit flat; you then pick up the stitches for the top of the hood and knit using short rows, just the way you do a short row heel on socks. This is a wonderful way to learn how to do short row heels with larger needles and yarn!

Name the Hoody contest winner!

As you know on this post I asked you to help me name my new pattern!  The names where wonderful!  I had a very very hard time picking and in the end I picked 2 names that I am going to combine!!!!  So our first winner is:

Sam said...

I'd call it Breaking Dawn...the warmth and color remind me of a cold winter, wicked awesome search engine possibilities when the movie comes out!
January 22, 2011 7:29 PM
And the second winner is:
nightpaws said...
The hood looks like it has the same short rows that a you use to turn a sock heel. Are you going to advertise your pattern as a great way to learn heel turning in a bigger, more visible yarn?
Anyway, since the hood reminds me of a sock heel for a giant, I think you might want to call it the "Chunky Heels Hood".
Also I'd like to clarify that my hood-sock analogy is not meant to be offensive in any way. I like the way the hood looks.
January 19, 2011 1:36 AM

So to explain my logic here I love the name Breaking Dawn and the image I get in my head of walking as the sunrises with my hood on!  I also love the way Nightpaws saw that yes this is a short row heel on a very big scale and that I should push that more in the marketing of the pattern. 

So what is the new name of the pattern you ask???

Breaking Dawn Chunky Heels Hood!

OK I will be contacting the 2 winners or they can just email me at knits4udesigns at gmx dot com with "name the hood" in the subject line.  I have a skein of green cascade 128, which is the same as the purple yarn, so one of you will get the purple one will get the green and both of you will get a pdf of the pattern soon as it is ready for release, (I am hoping this weekend)!

Here is the green yarn knit up in my throw just so you have an idea what it looks like!

Congratulations to the winners and please know I loved all the names I really did!  As a matter of fact I am doing a crocheted version of this pattern and I may use one of the names that was left here if I do the person that posted that name will be getting a free copy of the pattern!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A few updates and a reminder

First I want to remind you about the help me name this pattern to win prize giveaway  I will be picking the winner on the 25th so you still have time to join and maybe win! 

I also wanted to update you all on my Celtic Shamrock Throw Blanket Pattern.  I am almost done knitting up the sample:

I should be done knitting this on Monday and then I will block it on Tuesday and do the pictures Wednesday and I will be releasing the pattern over the weekend!